For latest information on services, roads, tours and events, please call Tourism Association president, Bill Elliott, on mob. 0429 915467, or enquire via the contact form.

Walks and tours

Walks, tours and bush-tours

Tour information, e.g. of the surrounding countryside, taking in such sights as wild Sturt Desert Peas, Darling River walks, and other places and sights of interest will be posted soon.

In the interim, please call Tourism Association president, Bill Elliott, on mob. 0429 915467, or make an inquiry via the contact form.

National Parks and Wildlife

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(Open all year)

national-parks-and-wildlife.pngParoo-Darling Visitor Centre Tel: (08) 8080 3200

The Coach and Horses campground is open all year round.  This exception is that this area is susceptible to road closures due to flooding and rain.

Coach and horses campground PAROO-DARLING NP

It’s such a pretty spot by the majestic river red gums along the Darling River. We did a bit of fishing, but didn’t manage to catch anything – lucky we brought plenty of supplies with us.”

In a delightful, shady spot next to a bend in the Darling, the Coach and Horses campground offers a bush camp with views up and down the river.

Spend the day exploring the river in a kayak or canoe or enjoy a spot of fishing. If you’re walking along the banks of the river, be sure to keep an eye out for the local birds.

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Sturt Desert Peas, Wilcannia

Sturt Desert Peas, around Wilcannia

** Due to recent heavy and consistent rains in the Wilcannia region (over summer, 2011-2012) we should expect to see "acres of desert peas" when in season (best along the White Cliffs road). More details as they come to hand. We'll post a front-page news item when appropriate.

From Wikipedia:Sturt Desert Peas, Wilcannia

wainsona formosa, Sturt's Desert Pea, is an Australian plant in the genus Swainsona, named after English botanist Isaac Swainson, famous for its distinctive blood-red leaf-like flowers, each with a bulbous black centre, or "boss". It is one of Australia's best known wildflowers. It is native to the arid regions of central and north-western Australia, and its range extends into all mainland Australian states with the exception of Victoria.[1]

History

Specimens of Sturt's Desert Pea were first collected by William Dampier who recorded his first sighting on 22 August 1699.[citation needed] These specimens are today in the Fielding-Druce Herbarium at Oxford University in England [2].

The taxonomy of Sturt's Desert Pea has been changed on a number of occasions. It was initially treated in the 18th century in the genus Clianthus as Clianthus dampieri,[3] and later became more widely known as Clianthus formosus (formosus is Latin for "beautiful"). However it was later reclassified under the genus Swainsona as Swainsona formosa, the name by which it is officially known today.[2]